So you were fired?!? Granted it’s not the vertical ascent for your career that you anticipated; but it’s certainly not the end of the world either. In fact, many people find phenomenal success after losing their job and feel ultimately it was a blessing. I put myself squarely in this camp. You see it’s really a chance to start over, with more wisdom and perhaps a renewed passion. And while the benefits are numerous and different for everyone, I’ve listed a few of the top ones below:
1. Find a job you LOVE. If you were fired, chances are something wasn’t working. Maybe it was the company or maybe it was you. Regardless, it’s a gift and gives you the opportunity to find something more meaningful than just a job that provides just a paycheck. Confused on what kind of job you would love? Check out my book,“Your Journey from Fired to Hired.”
2. Pushes you to make a fresh start. Many people stay at a job where they are miserable simply because they either feel a loyalty to the company or because they don’t have the self-confidence to leave on their own. While being fired can be an unexpected pill to swallow, it forces you to make changes in your life.
3. Lights a fire. Whether your motivation comes from proving others wrong or simply a survival instinct, getting fired can light a fire in your belly. There’s no sweeter redemption than finding incredible success in your next endeavor. Or perhaps you’ve learned a valuable lesson and are determined to do everything possible to avoid ever being fired again. Regardless, after being fired, nothing is routine and everything is an opportunity.
4. Bucket List. While I doubt you had “Get Fired” on your bucket list, the reality is that many people move through their entire careers in fear of being fired. Once it happens, you will quickly learn that the sun still rises and sets…and in fact may be a bit more brilliant. After being fired and reinventing yourself, you know you can handle anything.
5. Appreciate your friends. After being fired, you will quickly learn that you have some absolutely wonderful friends. Whether they take you to dinner, listen to “your side of the story” 90 times, feign horror that anyone would be stupid enough to fire you or tell you straight up that it wasn’t a good fit for you, they will be there. PS-if a “friend” isn’t there for you, then they are really a mere acquaintance.
6. You will learn. Being fired will catapult you into a new world of learning. Simply going through the process of denial, frustration and acceptance will teach you about your strength. But it doesn’t stop there. You will learn what things you can and can’t live without. You will learn things you wished you had done differently. You will learn what you want to do with your new opportunity. And most importantly, you will learn what’s really important in your life.
7. Learn new skills. Whether it has been 1 year or 20 years since you were in the job market, things are different. And being fired leads to a host of learning opportunities ranging from self- discovery to networking and interview preparation.
As Henry Ford says, “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again. This time more intelligently.”
What unexpected benefit surprised you after being fired?